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If you like honey, fear not the bees. -African Proverb

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Green Banana Coconut Curry Recipe

How to make Green Banana Coconut Curry. Cooking with unripe or green bananas, not plantains, is a quick delicious recipe mix of green bananas, coconut milk, curry and healthy vegetables.

Green Banana Coconut Curry Recipe

Green Banana Coconut Curry Recipe. Green bananas are easily found at most farmer's markets and supermarkets.
Green Banana Coconut Curry Recipe
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Green bananas are delicious; they are starchy similar to potatoes. Green bananas are easily found at most farmer's markets and supermarkets. 

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Green Banana Coconut Curry Recipe


Ingredients

3 green bananas cut in half
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large red tomato, diced
1 large green tomato, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons ground curry powder
2 cups coconut milk
Water for boiling

Directions

Cut off both ends of the unpeeled bananas and place in boiling salted water for 20 minutes. Remove the bananas and discard skins and drain water from the pot. Add lemon juice to water and add remaining ingredients to a large pot. Simmer for 15 minutes or until bananas are tender. Serve with soft bread.


Green Banana Coconut Curry Recipe. Green bananas are easily found at most farmer's markets and supermarkets.
Green Banana Coconut Curry Recipe











Did you know?

Green bananas contain short chain fatty acids, according to Food Health Nutrition. The cells that line your intestines love to eat these acids, and keeping these cells healthy means that your body will be able to absorb nutrients such as calcium more easily.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Senegal Culture History of Her People

20 interesting facts about one of West Africa's countries in which more than 60% of the population is under the age of 25, Senegal her culture, history and people. 


Senegal


Languages of Senegal may not surprise you since Senegal was once a French colony, the official language is French, and the other major languages are Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, and Mandinka.
Children of Senegal
1. Senegal has a population of over 14.3 million ranking 73rd on the world’s most populous countries.
2. Senegal's nationality is Senegalese using both the singular and plural form.
3. Languages of Senegal may not surprise you since Senegal was once a French colony, the official language is French, and the other major languages are Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, and Mandinka.
4. Wolof is a language spoken in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania, and it is the indigenous language of the ethnic grouping of the Wolof people.
5. Wolof is the most widely spoken language in Senegal even though the official language is French, by most Senegalese.
6. Senegal Motto is "Un Peuple, Un But, Une Foi” "One People, One Goal, One Faith"

Senegal Culture History and People
The French colonies of Senegal and French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted independence in 1960 as the Mali Federation.
7. Population without electricity is around 55% or 6.4 million, urban areas 90% of people have access to reliable electricity, however in rural areas of Senegal the number drops to 28%.
8. Major religion in Senegal is Islam.
9. Senegal is located in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania.
10. It is slightly smaller than the US State of South Dakota.
Senegal fishing boats
Senegal fishing boats
11. Senegal's capital is Dakar that was home to the Dakar Off-Road Rally until 2009 when the race moved to South Africa.
12. There are 11 regions in Senegal comparable in function to county seats, Dakar, Diourbel, Fatick, Kaolack, Kolda, Louga, Matam, Saint-Louis, Tambacounda, Thies, and Ziguinchor.
13. The Dutch established a slave port on island of Goree in 1588 and years later in 1659 it became a key slave trading port.
14. During the Seven Years War 1756–1763, Britain took over French posts in Senegal forming the colony of Senegambia.
15. Slaves, ivory and gold were exported from the coast during the 17th and 18th centuries.
16. The French colonies of Senegal and French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted independence in 1960 as the Mali Federation.
Senegal Culture History and People
Senegal Culture History and People
17. The 40-year reign of Senegal's Socialist Party came to a diplomatic end in the 2000 elections.
18. Senegal’s Patriotic Symbol the African Renaissance Monument is to symbolize the achievement of Africa but some have serious issues with the nudity and symbolism of the 164-foot statue.
19. Climbing the 216 steps to the African Renaissance Monument you would not immediately discern that local African artists feel unfairly denied the chance to work on a project of national pride.

20. Located in the Senegalese capital of Dakar the African Renaissance Monument cost millions to create, $27 million dollars to be exact. The Senegalese Ex-President, unable to pay the $27 million price tag on the work, gave real estate to North Korea’s Mansudae Overseas Project, which later sold the land at profit in exchange for the statue.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

How to Wrap a Gele African Head Wrap

There are a variety of ways  to wear a scarf. In Africa, the head wrap worn by women for special occasions, weddings, ceremonies, burials, church services, and special celebrations or for every day wear.


How to wrap an African head wrap step by step directions
How to wrap an African head wrap
step by step directions
Wrapping a head wrap is easy, just follow the steps below. There are countless styles of African head wrapping, it may take a couple of tries but you will be an expert in no time.


How to wrap an African head wrap:

- Open the fabric, using an oblong piece of fabric at least 48 inches long and 24 inches wide works best. A large rectangular scarf also works well with this style of head wrapping.

- Center the scarf at the nape of your neck making sure that both sides are of equal length.

- Bring the ends forward and twist one side of the length of the fabric, pull over and across the front of your head, tuck in the end. Repeat on the other end.


The African head wrap draws the eye up, rather than down. African women wear head wraps as a queen wears a crown. The African head wrap represents far more than a piece of fabric on the head of a female.  African head wraps are a common site throughout Southern and Western Africa. In West Africa, Nigeria, head wraps are called gele, in Malawi Duku and in Zimbabwe dhuku. 

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The eye never forgets what the heart has seen - African Proverb